Couple attacked by 40 men on New Year's Day
It was not the beginning he was looking forward to in the new year.
Instead of feasting and drinking, a restaurant owner and his wife were attacked by a group of men in George Town, Penang.
The group had about 40 men, and it is believed to be an act of revenge, the New Straits Times reported.
Mr Mayusoh Epong was at home when the group barged into the house via his restaurant at 2.15am on New Year's Day.
The mob then proceeded to assault him, his wife and three workers with helmets and chairs, the report said.
The couple and the workers were seriously injured.
The group fled from the scene with RM15,000 (S$4,900) worth of jewellery and cash.
Southwest district police chief Superintendent Lai Fah Hin said the five victims were taken to the hospital.
Supt Lai said Mr Mayusoh is a Thai national married to a local and had been operating the eatery for the past two years.
Said the officer: "Mr Mayusoh said he knew some of the suspects and identified them as residents of the area."
Police believe one reason behind the attack was a previous fight between one of the suspects and a worker at the restaurant.
Said Supt Lai: "It was learnt that some of suspects had been to the restaurant and had ended up fighting with the workers when their drinks arrived late.
"Mr Mayusoh believed that the suspects brought a group of men to attack them as revenge."
So far, 14 men have been arrested and remanded to facilitate investigation, police said.